Students at Burbank school next to shooting crime scene 'safe and secure,' official says

Burbank Unified officials say students at Joaquin Miller Elementary School are “safe and secure” following the shooting death that occurred across the street from the campus Thursday night.

Police investigators on Friday morning continued to investigate the scene of the shooting, which occurred shortly before 11 p.m. in the 700 block of Providencia Avenue outside an apartment complex.

The shooting victim -- described as white and in his 40s -- was pronounced dead after being taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, making it was the first homicide in Burbank since 2009.

Parents of students at the elementary school were notified about the shooting Friday morning.

"The children are safe and secure, there’s nothing for [parents] to be alarmed about," said Director of Elementary Education Thomas Kissinger, adding that the recess area has been switched to keep the children away from the crime scene.

Student pick-up today will be at the usual location, he added.

Meanwhile, police detectives continue to investigate a motive and possible leads.

"This doesn't happen very often," Burbank police Officer Joshua Kendrick said. "It's a very safe city. It's unfortunate, especially because we've got a school right here."

-- Alene Tchekmedyian, Times Community News

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